July 13 at MCU Park
Cyclones hitters continued their feeble at bats and were shutout by six Aberdeen pitchers in a rare Monday afternoon game and manager Tom Gamboa — who predicted the team would continue to lose if his boys didn’t start putting wood to leather, knew exactly what went wrong.
“We just didn’t hit,” said Gamboa said. “They just completely shut us down.”
In fact, the Cyclones were held to four hits, two of which were infield singles by ninth-place hitter Branden Kaupe.
Gaby Almonte was the tough luck loser for Brooklyn giving up two runs on four hits in seven innings — a lead that was insurmountable.
After retiring the first nine IronBirds, Almonte surrendered back-to-back doubles to Cedric Mullins and Drew Turbin. Turbin would later score on a sac fly.
The Cyclones had a fifth-inning rally end with an out on the bases. Manuel Hilario singled with two out, bringing up Kaupe.
Kaupe hit a dribbler up the third base line that he beat out, but Hilario was thrown out trying to advance to third.
Gamboa didn’t mind the aggressive play, but was frustrated by a slide from Hilario in the eighth.
The catcher tried to bunt for a hit but slid into first base and was called out — several days after Brooklyn lost catcher Jose Garcia, who jammed his thumb by sliding into first.
“We told the players, ‘The moment you leave your feet, you’re slowing yourself down,’ ” Gamboa said. “Had he run through the base, there would have been no doubt in the umpire’s mind that he was safe.”
The first-place Cyclones will be back in action on Wednesday night against the Evil Empire of the New York Penn-League. Yeah, you know who they are.